Denmark’s centre-right prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has called for parliamentary elections on 5 June 5, 12 days before Rasmussen’s term is due to expire on the 17th.
Rasmussen is campaigning for his reelection on a platform of continuity by underscoring his record on climate change and the migration crisis.
The centre-left opposition alliance is leading the latest average of polls with 54.8%, as support for the nationalist and anti-immigration Danish People’s Party is waning from 21% in 2015 to projections in the region of 13-to-14%. Overall, the coalition of the right is now projected to receive up to 44-to-46%.
The People’s Party continues to lead over the more centrist Liberals of prime minister Rasmussen, whose party polls at 18,5-19%.
The Social Democrat leader Mette Frederiksen has followed the lead of her predecessor Helle Thorning-Schmidt on immigration, who moved the Social Democrats closer to the Danish People’s party and even supported the controversial measure of stripping asylum seekers of jewellery and cash.
Their campaign is now focused on green policies and shielding Denmark’s welfare from cuts, despite an ageing population and relatively low levels of economic growth, stubbornly low inflation, and negative interest rates.